Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mayor Zimmer: PSE&G says 7 - 10 days for power restoration

PSE&G says 7 - 10 days for power restoration, according to Mayor Zimmer.
Tells Hoboken, "we're going to get through this."

Talking Ed Note: Unfortunately, MSV lost its story in preparation.  We're posting the unedited video. There is some interference among a great amount of media present.  Advance the video a little when it occurs and it clears up.

There's been bad rumors being spread.  First, that there's something wrong with the water.  Untrue.
Also, that Mayor Zimmer shut the power off on Washington and the City.  That's incorrect.  PSE&G is in charge of the power and shut down when things got rough with the storm.  Two of the transformers in town are inundated with water and must dry before repairs.  PSE&G will be in charge of that process.

MSV will be back with more but an application crash ate our story.  Da Horsey like Hoboken will be back.

Hoboken needs supplies: blankets, bottled water and non-perishable supplies delivered to the high school at Clinton and 8th Street.  Tell any law enforcement you are delivering emergency supplies.

Volunteers are still needed to aid in the massive human support endeavor underway.  Please go upstairs to Hoboken City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

Hoboken Public Safety has been magnificent and is working with the National Guard.  Tip of the hat to Public Safety Director Jon Tooke, Chief Falco, the Hoboken Fire Department and OEM along with everyone who is contributing to the effort.  Thank you so very much!

Water receding as the pump, pumps us out. Cars entering residents only?

The NHSA pump is operating and midtown west is seeing the benefit with a lowering of the flood levels.  Some areas are clearing and the area around 9th and Jackson Street is cleared.

County officers are letting in Hoboken residents only but if told people are picking up others, they should be able to get in.  This report is unconfirmed.

The Shoprite area is still generally inaccessible but the surrounding area is improving and people are managing to get out and about.

Hoboken Public Safety is doing a superb job aiding people all over town and working with the National Guard to help people evacuate.

If you are looking to get cell phones or laptops charged:


Most of the City is without power.

Halloween is a limp decoration in town with the parade postponed until further notice.

Halloween is soggy in Hoboken like these decorations gone limp after Hurricane Sandy.

Talking Ed Note:  This is where the challenges mount and grow.  Hang tough folks and lend a hand if at all possible.  People need help at St. Matthews - Hudson and 8th, Sts Peter and Paul - Hudson and 4th and down at City Hall - 94 Washington St.

National Guard on the scene: first priority, medical emergencies

October 31 Hoboken 10:30 am

The City of Hoboken announced earlier via Twitter:

National Guard trucks will be going through flooded streets to evacuate those with true medical emergencies first. Get their attention; don't go outside (in the water).

Hoboken Public Safety is also evacuating people with limited large equipment to do so.

The National Guard is on the scene as pictured here in the 4th ward.  Credit: Amardeep Singh

Talking Ed Note: Bottled water and non-perishable food is needed and can be dropped off at City Hall headquarters, 94 Washington St.

FEMA assistance

The State of New Jersey has been declared a disaster area by President Obama.  FEMA assistance will be available for Hoboken.  Please see the FEMA website for qualifying details.

Applications can be made by phone, smartphone and online at:

Updates for Hoboken also appearing on:

Mayor plea for National Guard answered, now the hard work begins

October 31 Hoboken 7:30 am

Many parts of Hoboken contending with flooded streets and no power trapping thousands as City makes call to arms

Late last night, the National Guard arrived after Mayor Zimmer made a public plea for their assistance on CNN.  The State of NJ is a disaster area and the demand for assistance is long and only beginning.

The mayor thanked Governor Chris Christie for his support in a tweet at 1:30 am.

Many parts of Hoboken remain in several feet of water.  Most points west of the flood zone (Willow Street) have seen record levels of water limiting Public Safety's resources to address problems and extract people.  In an urban town of 50,000 boats and pick up trucks are in short supply.

Downtown Hoboken, notorious for flooding is faring poorly.  The Hoboken Police Department is setting up barricades to mitigate cars from getting stuck going west.  Some of the streets being barricaded:

First and Garden Street
Third and Garden Street
Fifth and Willow Street
Sixth and Adams Street
12th and Madison Street (north)

Both First Street and Observer are mostly blocked with deep water.

The North Hudson Sewerage Authority pump is in reportedly in full operation.  It's capacity is to move up to 75 million gallons of water a day and Hoboken has taken on an estimated 500 million gallons from the entry points of the Hudson River.

It'll take days for the water to recede based on those estimates and the normal decline after high tide passed.

Power restoration efforts can not start until equipment is free of water.  PSE&G is working around the clock but that likely means power will not begin to be restored until waters recede and the target to see Hoboken back online is Monday, perhaps Tuesday.  Some are forecasting sooner but until conditions permit, PSE&G will not be able to complete the repairs.

Two shelters are set up after the back up generator at the Wallace School failed.  Both are on Hudson Street: Sts Peter and Paul Church at Fourth Street and St. Matthews at Eighth Street.  People are asking for blankets, pillows and items to help make the evacuated more comfortable.

The mayor issued a twitter requesting Hoboken volunteers for rescue/supply operations with the national guard and to support the shelters.  Anyone wishing to volunteer should report upstairs at City Hall 10 am.

The entry points north are all functioning as of late afternoon.  The Hoboken Police report that the border of Hoboken and Jersey City at Henderson and Observer are impassable.  The southern entrance of Hoboken may be problematic beyond

More than half of the City looks to be without power. Power in pockets around 11th and Bloomfield and Garden was evident last night.  Stevens and Hudson Street from Fourth through 11th St have been with power although there was a sporadic report of an outage last night.

All ferries are reportedly in operation today.  The tunnels are open and midtown Manhattan and points north have power.

NJ Transit and the PATH are both out along with the NYC subways.  Amtrak is beginning service.

A tale of two cities.  Rarest of sights, while the Empire State Building was lit, most of the buildings surrounding it and almost all of downtown was out including the Freedom Tower.  Hoboken is facing similar problem with most of the west and southwest of the City inundated with varying amounts of water and residents without power.

Talking Ed Note: How does a city of 50,000 eat without power?  That's going to be a somewhat challenging question among many Hoboken will be facing in the worst flooding seen in living memory.

Hopefully the NHSA pump will be making some significant progress but it's gong to be going full force for days.

Today's the day many will not be going far.  Please let others know, their neighbors need assistance.  If you have time, volunteer upstairs at City Hall at 10 am.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mayor Zimmer announces: National Guard in Hoboken

October 30th Hoboken 11:25 pm

Mayor Dawn Zimmer requested the National Guard yesterday and via twitter the announcement is in; they have arrived:

National Guard arriving to aid evacuations, deliver supplies, pumping out, power

City of Hoboken announces:

Alert: Hurricane Sandy Update and Call for Volunteers

The City is hopeful that several high wheeled vehicles staffed by members of the National Guard will be delivered on Wednesday morning. They will be used to assist in evacuating residents and delivering supplies to flooded areas.

Flood waters are estimated to recede in about 24 to 48 hours. North Hudson Sewerage Authority estimates there are 500 million gallons of water. The flood pump is operational and pumps out 75 million gallons per day, in addition to water flowing out naturally at low tide.

PSE&G is working day and night to restore power. They estimate full restoration will take several days. Substations can not be repaired until flood waters recede.

According to United Water, the drinking water is safe to drink.

Flood waters are a mix of sewage and rain water and pose a health hazard.

The City is asking the National Guard for as many pumps as possible to assist residents in pumping out their homes.

Volunteers can assist with a community cleanup of three parks: Stevens Park, Elysian Park, and Church Square Park. Please arrive at 10:00am at the corresponding park.

Volunteers can also assist with other efforts by going to City Hall at any time. Non-perishable food can be donated at City Hall for shelters and residents who need food.

The curfew has been lifted and driving is permitted. Drivers must exercise extreme caution since most traffic signals are not functioning.

The Ragamuffin parade will be rescheduled for after flood waters recede and all residents can participate.

The possibility of garbage pickup on non-flooded streets will be announced Wednesday morning.

City employees that can reach City Hall and can volunteer with the recovery effort are asked to show up on Wednesday.
For full details, view this message on the web.

Washington Street - a sea of darkness after Hurricane Sandy.

For those who are in need, pass along the updated information: 

201-726-9082, 201-681-2437, 201 -679-4070 or 201-681-6923.

City emergency number is 201-239-6644 (city hall command center).

Churches at 4th/Hudson (Sts. Peter and Paul) and 8th/Washington (St. Matthews) are open for shelters and allowing folks to charge up phones and laptops.

One family extends a hand with coffee tomorrow morning

The Faucher Family at 606 Hudson announced to MSV:

My family is lucky to have power, and we're getting our 50 cup coffeemaker ready to serve some coffee to fellow Hobokenites who may be without power.  It would be great if you could post something on  

Starting at 7 am tomorrow, my family will be serving coffee/tea outside our home on Hudson Street - number 606.  Bring your own mug if possible.  We will be taking donations, and all proceeds will be split between the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, and the Jubilee Center.   


Hoboken is the darkness on the edge of town

Hoboken October 30th - 7:45 pm

Tonight is the first evening the City of Hoboken is facing the challenge of being largely without power.  Washington Street was looking dark both uptown to the Hudson Tea Building and downtown without power.

Looks like most of the City falls into that boat.  Emergency vehicles are transversing regularly with their lights on.

The store on the corner of 11th and Garden Street - Sacco's Deli looked to have power.  If you are looking for something tonight, you may want to go over and see them.

Otherwise, it looks like most everyone in Hoboken is going to be revisiting Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town album.

Halloween is unofficially cancelled and the parade tomorrow is off.  If it's any consolation, there's no school tomorrow either.

City of Hoboken posted:

Sorry for lack of updates. We have lost Internet access again and it is difficult to send out information. Updates may be sporadic. We are doing everything we can. PSEG is working around the clock but power may be out for several days. They cannot restore power until flood water recede which may take 24-48 hours. We will post updates as we are able to. Volunteers can go to City Hall. Non-perishable food can be donated at City Hall.  

Washington Street north to the Hudson Tea Building is eerily dark except for cars and emergency vehicles.

Council President Peter Cunningham: Hoboken's challenges

Hoboken - October 30th - 7:05 PM

From the desk of Hoboken City Council President Peter Cunningham:

For many of us, no all of us, it has been a challenging 48 hours.  Call to arms to protect ourselves, friends and family; dealing with the storm in many ways and now the clean up.

We have no power, like most of Hoboken, but we are at least dry.  

We don't know when the power will come up, but the major concerns to PSE&G to day was to de-energize downed wire, and dry out the substations, before they power them up.  I was told earlier today next Monday the latest, however now I am hearing it could be Tuesday.  Hopefully it will come up sooner.

Big problem for me (and others) not being able to communicate, was not having access.  I have ATT, and the service has been very poor.  Plus, no access to my bulk emails, which is why I went to Face Book, and suggested Reverse 911.  Reverse 911 is where the City calls you with periodic update.  I tried to post to Face Book through iPhone, but somehow it did not take.  Very challenging and frustrating.

For those without power, there are many generous neighbors in and around the 5th ward with charging stations outside their homes.  Wander your neighborhood and you will find them.  Lot's of folks helping others with pumping out their basements and first level apartments.

Please subscribe to Nixles, and "like" the City's Facebook page.  Be well, and I'll be in touch.  Let me know if there there are specific concerns, and anything else that I can do.

Peter Cunningham

Uptown on Clinton Street: improving but some problem areas.  Power is a big issue throughout town.

Latest on Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Hoboken

Hoboken - October 30th, 7:00 PM

People attempting to escape from Madison and 8th.  Madison is a mess and seeing higher waters than ever.

Hoboken took a big hit and Hurricane Sandy is gone with the winds settling down and people beginning a cleanup that will take some time.  For State, County and local government, the issues will take more time as infrastructure here and in the region is inundated with overlapping problems.

Power is going to be the bigger lasting issue as the waters recede.  PSE&G is reported to believe Hoboken will be back on line by Monday.  Much of the City and region is seeing electricity out. Jersey City is seeing a 75% outage and Newark is at 95%.

The northern entrances have seen the water largely settled down now and cars are traveling in and out and on the viaduct at 14th Street.  The County Sheriff's were directing traffic as signals are a problem in the town with only sporadic functioning.  Downtown probably is a no go zone.

Areas typically seeing flooding saw far more of it.  Waters are receding but MSV has not verified the effectiveness of the NHSA pump.  It has its own power generators and areas look to be improving but midtown west is likely going to see continuing improvements before downtown.

A limited report says the pump should now be working and one person close to the NHSA wrote, "It's hard to pump it out in this condition... the river being in the City."  

Areas flooding in the northeast are in better shape after seeing flash flooding at the height of the storm.

The uptown pier took a big hit.  It's symbolic of the hurt Hurricane Sandy put on Hoboken and NJ.
Waters are receding but areas typically flooded have even more water to contend with and will need time.
It's not clear how effective the NHSA Pump is doing but it should be helping bail the flooding out.

Downtown was absolutely hammered with water entering and setting record heights from First and Garden Street to all points west and north.  Madison in midtown and above definitely set record highs and people in buildings there have the same option for movement as those trapped downtown.  Little as public safety has limited portable boats to handle emergencies.

Much of the efforts for the moment are centered on those in immediate need of shelter.  Earlier the Wallace School was closed and two churches, St. Matthews being one were being used instead.

Mobile service is spotty at least on AT&T.  Texting is seeing better success.

HUMC is closed and had been evacuated before the full brunt of the storm.  Christ Hospital was the next destination but hours earlier was reported to capacity making Bayonne the next stop for medical emergencies.

Mass Transit is in big trouble with heavy water problems delaying repairs for both the NYC system, NJ Transit and PATH.  We're looking at weeks to get everything back online.  People's patience will be tested with the alternatives which will be inadequate.

Power is spotty in town.  It's not clear how many have power and those that don't.  Considering how others are situated, Jersey City is seeing at least 70% power out and Newark 95% down, Hoboken is faring better but throughout the region and state transformers were exploding and lighting up the night time sky based on comments by Gov. Chris Christie in a news conference late morning.

MSV will be back with more when we can verify additional information. 

Halp, halp we're thirsty.  People lining up at Yash Liquor on Washington to get liquid refreshments.

Talking Ed Note: Most things are closed in town.  Court St. Restaurant confirmed it's opening at 6:00 pm and Yash Liquors has a line outside and is letting customers in slowly to buy drinks and liquor even though it has no working power.

This is the best information we have for the moment.  We'll update as is possible and try to get it 100% right because we know that's what is required as usual.

Hoboken Patch has running around the clock and may be recharging.  It's been Hoboken Patch and MSV hitting it with the City of Hoboken Facebook page. 

Hoboken Girl is urging businesses to use twitter they are open or opening via:  .

Driving in Hoboken is not officially permitted and in Jersey City they will begin issuing summonses.

If you didn't know, it's absolutely not safe to walk through flood waters.

Hoboken Patch tweetedPillows, blankets, supplies needed at shelters at Sts Peter and Paul and St. Matthew Trinity

MSV is seeing record traffic but a lot of it is coming from outside Hoboken.  That's the best indicator we have that power is out in many parts of town.  Spread the word and make sure accurate information is getting around.

Sign of the Times: We all are New Orleans now

Via Mista Chubbz on Instagram:

Talking Ed Note: Not entirely dissimilar to the yellow school buses in New Orleans these new yellow cabs on 14th Street had nowhere to go in Hoboken and are likely ruined.

On another note, power in Hoboken continues to be an issue in many areas but the county and State both have challenges on that front.  Jersey City reported to have a 70% outage.

Hoboken Patch says its unclear when and if the NJ National Guard may come to Hoboken. Based on the devastation throughout New Jersey, the demand must be extraordinary.

Hoboken calls for volunteers to City Hall

City of Hoboken announces:

If you are able to SAFELY get to City Hall right now, we need volunteers to assist with shelters and other needs. 

Thank you! Please be safe.

City update: 

We are still looking for volunteers to help with shelters, delivering water to seniors, and other tasks. If you can SAFELY get to City Hall (2nd floor, Council Chambers...enter through Newark Street entrance), please lend a hand.

Talking Ed Note:  The City does not need people to bring anything with them.  These are efforts to assist for people in immediate need for shelter and other needs.

Water is reported to be safe in both Hoboken and Jersey City.

Power outages widespread, NJ took the worst of it.  From Gov. Chris Christie and AP:

Restoration efforts for the more than 2.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey that are without power could be a lengthy process.  (Almost 230,000 in Hudson County have lost power.)
The state's largest utility, Public Service Electric & Gas, reports more than 1.4 million customers don't have electricity. PSE&G says Sandy was the largest storm in its history.
Jersey Central Power & Light has 965,297 homes and businesses without service. Most are in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties.
Atlantic City Electric is reporting 178,694 outages, mainly in Atlantic County.
The utilities say they may not be able to get a clear picture of the damage until Wednesday.

Governor Christie says it will take months to address all the problems.  He says the PATH system will take 7-10 days to function.  Bridges and tunnels will be open soon.

NJ Transit has "huge challenges" and the Governor add the Attorney General will be implementing plans with county prosecutors on law enforcement.  

From PSEG:

-- Many of the outages were caused by falling trees and limbs, which bring down power lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. To report a downed wire and other visible equipment damage, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.
-- To report a power outage, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG.

City to Photographers: Hoboken Public Property Alert

City has asked for assistance documenting damage to PUBLIC PROPERTY:

One opportunity for volunteers with good photography skills: Our repair and reconstruction efforts will require that we carefully visually document all storm damage to public property (buildings, streets, parks, lights, etc). Damage is very widespread and we need your help. If you are able to safely take high quality photos of damage to public property from your home, please email them to and include the date/time and location of the photo(s). Thank you so much for your help.

Uptown pier in Hoboken via Hoboken Girl

Talking Ed Note: Jhnny Newman, ace photographer is now looking out of multiple windows for good shots from his abode.  You can help too sending same to

Live power lines are down all over town

According to Hoboken Patch, there are a number of power lines down.  This should not be take as conclusive for the whole city:

Possible live wires down: First & Park, 4th & Grand, 1st & Willow, 2nd & Madison, 1st & Bloomfield, 83 Adams St., 6th & Park, 6th & Grand, Newark & Bloomfield, Elysian Park 

A Hoboken Heavy Rescue Fire Truck flies down to another emergency on Hudson Street.  The sun is out.

The Hoboken Police Department is asking residents to remain indoors as the problems are addressed. Curfew in effect until 6:00

Governor Chris Christie addresses the State of NJ

The Governor addressed the State of NJ just earlier this morning:

Watch live streaming video from governorchrischristie at

Volume is unusually low on this feed.

Flooding closes Hoboken, turns city into an island

Driving in Hoboken is prohibited and Hoboken Public Safety is using the only entry point working via the 14th Street Viaduct.

City of Hoboken says communications are challenging:

Most phone lines are down, so we are activating several new cell phones and will be announcing new phone numbers for the Emergency Operations Center shortly. The flood pump is operational and flooding continues, but is receding in areas. PSE&G is working on 14th Street. We will provide more information on power as we can. We can't provide details on specific addresses, but we encourage residents to share information with each other.

MSV will post the updated information when available.

In regards to fire alarms the City adds:

Many fire alarms have been triggered due to flood waters. We are trying to reach them as soon as possible, but many areas are inaccessible. If you can access your fire panel AND there is no water, you can silence most alarms. Open the panel and press the "silence" button.

The police are asking people on the streets to return to their homes.  City curfew remains in effect until 6:00 PM.

Hoboken Public Safety is working its hardest and PSE&G has trucks operating in town but there's going to be lots of issues cropping up in addition to the existing issues.  Here's one taken by NBC's Natalie Morales via Hoboken Girl.

Hoboken northern waterfront as pictured on Hoboken Girl

Flooding devastates many parts of Hoboken

Many areas of Hoboken have seen record levels of flooding.  Early reports are unclear on what ability the one pump can make under these circumstances.  It has its own generators and high tide has passed but the amount of water from the surge of Hurricane Sandy is making many areas of Hoboken impassable.

Water is reported to be receding but overnight did not show positive results at least in lower Hoboken.

Hoboken Public Safety is overwhelmed with many problems from people trapped to gas leaks.

Many areas are locked down due to flooding and cell phone service is spotty.  Cars flooded, even many in garages. Driving in town is prohibited.

City Curfew remains in effect to 6:00 PM.

Governor Chris Christie urges people to stay off the roads and noted via twitter 2.4 million people in NJ have lost power, twice the number after Hurricane Irene.

City announced via its Facebook page:

Reminder: flood waters are a mix of sewage and rain water. Do NOT walk through it. It is a health hazard. Live wires may also be in the water and pose an electrocution hazard. Manhole covers have been displaced and you can fall in or your car can get stuck. Many cars are getting stuck in the flood water. Please stay out. Thank you.

In addition to the City of Hoboken Facebook page, Hoboken Patch is providing timely reports and twitter postings along with MSV.

Hoboken Girl has posted more photos on her website:

View west on Observer - via Instagram

View from the SkyClub in southwest Hoboken

Downtown Dunkin Donuts - they're not making the donuts.

7th and Willow Street via Twitterpic

NJ a disaster area, millions without power, Hoboken suffers heavy flooding

It's the day after and the State of New Jersey has been declared a disaster area by President Obama with millions having lost power last night and suffering heavy flooding.

According to one report, it will take time for the unprecedented loss of power throughout the state to be fixed.  Based on indirect reports, maybe half if not more of Hoboken is without power including City Hall.

Emergency personnel are working around the clock.  They are also suffering from limited communications.  Please do not call 911 unless it's a true emergency.

Public Safety needs to apply resources to where it's absolutely required.  They are trying to perform needed evacuations of people to shelters.  Please cooperate with the City under these trying circumstances.

The City maintains a curfew until 6:00 PM.

You may send photos from your location indoors or reports of concern to

The Day After - Hoboken is seeing massive flooding from the surge.
Many areas are in several feet of water or worse as this from southwest Hoboken.

Talking Ed Note: The worst storm in living memory will test many of us in the coming days.  Be safe, be smart and don't take chances with electrical riggings or safety.  Storm waters are not to be trusted as electrical wires are down and should be avoided.


City of Hoboken announces:


A mandatory curfew has been extended in Hoboken through 6pm on Tuesday, October 30. Driving is prohibited. Police will consider all people on the street in violation of the curfew and driving ban. 

There are reports of multiple live wires down throughout the City, and PSE&G cannot get into Hoboken to confirm that they are de-energized. Manhole covers have been displaced and pose a serious threat to pedestrians and cars on flooded and non-flooded streets. Flooding in the city remains widespread. 

"We will make it through this together," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "All our emergency personnel and volunteers have been working so hard under the most extreme circumstances to keep our community safe, and I thank our community for cooperating and being understanding. For now, we need everyone to stay off the streets and to check in on their neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled." 

According to United Water, the drinking water is safe. Due to major technical communications difficulties, only one phone line remains operational in the Emergency Operations Center: 201-239-6646. We are working to establish additional lines which will be announced as soon as possible.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Hurricane Sandy hits Hoboken and NJ hard

Hurricane Sandy is showing Hoboken it's not been overestimated.  There's major flooding in areas of town everywhere, including many not typically overwhelmed.  The river's surge of almost double digit depths is making for dangerous conditions in places not usually flooded.

The heavy flooding is adding to the burdens of Hoboken Public Safety to reach areas in need of service.  They are using a combination of vehicles and boats.

The State of NJ has its hands full.  As of early this evening at least a million NJ residents were without power.  Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has made a request for support from the National Guard.  As of midnight, it's unclear when resources mobilized on the City's behalf may appear.

PSE&G is in Hoboken moving from emergency to emergency dealing with gas leaks and power lines fallen in various locations.  Conditions will continue to be hazardous and the public should avoid walking pets outdoors.

The City curfew remains in effect until later this afternoon.

Hoboken City Hall has seen power interruptions limiting some of its communications to the public in late evening.  Da Horsey has continued to add reports in the interim.

Other neighboring areas report major power outages with West New York losing power completely, Weehawken with partial power and other Hudson County towns seeing outages as well.

Hoboken is seeing worse than the results from Hurricane Irene.  Morning will not be pretty.  Stay inside.

Talking Ed Note: Thank you to everyone in Hoboken Public Safety who is doing a great job facing the elements.  Hoboken volunteers and City officials will be working through the night with them.

Keep them in your prayers.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Transformer Fire - on lower Madison Street

Major problems continue to erupt all over Hoboken from fires to a latest report of a transformer on fire on lower Madison Street.

- A new fire is reported on lower Willow as well between 1st and 2nd St.
- Still another reported fire on Park Ave. up past 6th St.  Verified as erroneous.
- Power lines reported down IN WATER on Grand and 13th St.
- Unconfirmed report of transformer explosion now on park above 1st street.
- Report 8th and Willow and Clinton under water.  Many new areas seeing same.

Public Safety is trying to prioritize reports to make sure responses are accurate.  Access to areas is making it difficult to verify reports.

Please remain indoors and avoid potential electrocution with power lines down all over town.
High winds will continue through the early am making for dangerous situations.

A barrier at the northern entrance of Sinatra Drive is toppled over but Hoboken is hanging in there.
High flooding in some areas is reportedly receding.

Power out in many areas of Hoboken

Reports coming in power is out in many parts of Hoboken.  Southern Hoboken was seeing a planned shutdown of power and many areas uptown report similar lack of power in the areas of the Shipyard and other uptown locations.

The Wallace School generator is reportedly out and the basement is flooding.  Problems for the shelter.

Most of Maxwell Place is looking dark but the Empire State Building soldiers on.

In addition to power outages, reports are that cell phone towers are also out in areas.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has asked the National Guard for assistance.

Police report the hospital is inaccessible.
- 2nd and Willow: a tree has fallen on power lines and is on fire.  Stay indoors!

MSV lost power twice for a few seconds just earlier at 10:40 PM.  Da Horsey is prepared for backup internet. 



We are working closely with PSE&G. They inform us that the Madison St and Marshall St substations are flooded and will be de-energized (shut down) soon. Much of southern Hoboken will be without power

Charge phones, lower temp on fridge & keep closed. There are also multiple live wires in the street. For your safety, please stay inside.

Talking Ed Note: Pass this on!

The Hoboken Police Department is reporting it has lost power.

City of Hoboken announces as of 9:45:


The City of Hoboken has experienced severe flooding in excess of the record set in 1821. 

The city is working closely with PSE&G to resolve power outages. According to PSE&G the substations at Madison Street and Marshall Drive are flooded and need to be shut down. This will result in the loss of power to much of southern Hoboken. 

Several wires are down and all should be considered live; 
- 2nd Street and Madison Street 
- 89 Adams Street 
- 6th Street and Park Avenue 
- First Street and Bloomfield Street 

Residents should not approach any wires or touch anything touching the wires including water. Residents should stay out of flood waters, which are a mixture of sewage and rainwater and pose a health hazard. Strong winds have brought down multiple trees and flood waters have displaced man hole covers. It is very dangerous outside so residents are strongly urged to stay indoors. A mandatory curfew remains in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

For full details, view this message on the web.

11th and Washington - power is down again on Washington Street even though light on side street is visible.

An unconfirmed police rumor that criminals are attempting to organize looting using social media to create "flash mobs" after the hurricane.


10:10 PM Southern Hoboken unconfirmed power now down.  Marine View out.

Horse Sense: Hoboken Flooding - approaching record levels

Not confirmed but the reports of flooding from all corners of town likely indicates the City is facing record levels of flooding, at least in any resident's lifetime.

Please stay indoors as Hoboken Public Safety is being maxed out helping with all kinds of problems from fires, people in trapped vehicles and impassable streets making their efforts very difficult.

Power lines are down in a number of locations and is extremely hazardous.  Again, please stay indoors.

Help our Public Safety by not adding to their workload in emergency situations.

Thank you.

Da Horsey, SmartyJones

Mayor Zimmer: "For your own safety, we need everyone to be inside"

Office of the Mayor announces:


In the last hour, it has become very dangerous to be outside. Multiple power lines have come down. Roof and facade materials are detaching and flying off of buildings. A curfew is in effect from 6pm until Tuesday at 1pm. Driving within Hoboken is prohibited. Conditions are most severe along the waterfront.

Traffic signals city-wide have shut down due to a failure of transformer and substation. PSE&G has been notified and is responding as quickly as possible.

"For your own safety, we need everyone to be inside," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "We know this is difficult for Hoboken residents, but we appreciate that during this time so many residents are coming together to help each other through this storm."

Taking Ed Note: No surprise the worst of the storm is beginning to hit.  Pier C is halfway under water, Newark and First is seeing water backing up and the worst is not behind us.

Hoboken Public Safety is overwhelmed.  People need to stay off the streets so problems can be addressed.

High tide is expected to crest at 8:45.

For the most comprehensive information in Hoboken: See the City's Facebook:

Flooding is said to be making Hoboken "an island" with problems in areas all around town.

Washington Street has seen power lost and regained.  Expect more problems not less.
Area of 10th and Grand reports power is out, likely extending out from there.

Hoboken Cove - Tea Building: the Hudson River is pouring in and flowing to 14th St. and all streets north in-between
14th Street is being called a "moveable feast" with water from the river moving west.
Park Avenue submerged downtown below 100.
1st and 2nd street are flooded and not passable.
1st reported with flooding at Clinton, Jefferson, Grand and Adams
Observer is seeing heavy flooding
Willow is flooded north of 4th St spanning Newark through Garden St.
Madison Street and 10th going north reported "impassable" with four feet of water

Four power towers rumored down in lower Hoboken.

Legal Beans has reportedly collapsed.  This is unconfirmed.
A tree on Willow and 7th has crashed into a home.
Fire reportedly on 13th and Hudson at the basement level.
Someone in a car on 2nd and Grand trapped with rising water.  Not smart. Hoboken Public Safety (HPD) now deploying a boat to get them out.

City is describing flooding at record levels going back to 1800's. Hurricane is looking like a picnic in comparison.

Idiots reported hanging out in Maxwell Park.  Get off the damn park!

The City of Hoboken now reports:

The Hudson River is flowing into Hoboken from both the north (around 15/16th Streets) and south, over railroad tracks to Observer Highway. If you are in a basement or street level apartment, please go upstairs now. There is major flooding and 70-90mph wind gusts.

One person describes 1st Street as "a river" meaning the Hudson.

City: Power lines coming down - curfew set for 6:00 PM

City of Hoboken announces:

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Monday October 29, 2012, 2:50 PM

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Alert: Curfew in Effect for 6pm

Hi Da Horsey, SmartyJones

A curfew will be in effect for the City of Hoboken from 6:00pm, October 29 until 1:00pm, October 30.

Due to the strong wind, two power lines are already down at 2nd St & Madison St and 6th St & Park Ave. PSE&G is on the scene, but downed power lines pose a hazard and it is critical that residents stay inside.

Information related to Hurricane Sandy and other important relevant resources are available on the City website at full details, view this message on the web.

Hurricane Sandy ramps up in Hoboken

The Police have asked people to move from Maxwell Park. This clip shows the waters moving from north to south. When Hurricane Sandy makes its full impact felt on Hoboken later today, the shift will come and then the full surge will be felt from the south. Power lines have come down in Hoboken. Please be careful and avoid being outdoors as emergency workers will attend to problems as possible.

Don't put out the trash - garbage pickup cancelled today and Tuesday


There will be no trash pickup on Monday night and no recycling pickup on Tuesday in Hoboken due to the storm. Residents and businesses are asked not to place any trash on the street either Monday or Tuesday as it will get blown away and litter streets.
Downed trees can be reported through the Hoboken311 system online, and by iphone or android app at

Residents who do not have a land line or have not received emergency notifications in the past are urged to sign up for the City’s Reverse 911 system by visiting Residents may also sign up for text and email alerts at

Information related to Hurricane Sandy and other important relevant resources are available on the City website at

City: No driving in town after 4:00 PM today!

City of Hoboken announces:

Shuttle available for residents who want to park in Newport

Driving of personal vehicles, including taxis will be prohibited in Hoboken after 4pm.

Residents are reminded to move their vehicles to higher ground, parking garages, or out of town. All of municipal garages are at capacity. The Parking Utility is closed on Monday. Parking is prohibited along Sinatra Drive between 1st Street and 11th Street, but residents may park along Washington Street, most of which is at a higher elevation. Parking meter and street cleaning enforcement is suspended on Monday and Tuesday.

As of now, parking spaces remain available at the Newport Mall Parking garage. The City will run shuttles at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm from the garage back to Hoboken to pick up residents who wish to park in the garage. Pickups will occur at every entrance along Mall Drive West.

Additional information related to Hurricane Sandy is available on the City website at

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Sign of the Times: Not even begun and surge hits Hoboken

Hoboken has not even seen a heavy rainfall but the surge has already begun to hammer downtown.  This won't be good news to anyone hoping the storm was hype.  This is what our City is facing and it's only just beginning.

Last night reports said the area by the train terminal was already collecting water.  This morning the area is already completely dysfunctional.  We have a long way to go and the pump while effective won't be able to cope with what's heading our way.  Thousands have already begun to lose power in several counties.  Horse Sense is feeling it's only the beginning of what will be a rocky road.

Tonight the storm really picks up and we'll see the worst overall effects.  Problem is what comes later is a dragged out affair as the storm is moving slowly and won't be in any hurry to leave meaning things will get bad and stay that way for a while.

Be patient, help friends and neighbors and oh yeah repent.

The City has already closed Sinatra Drive.  If your car is parked there, you should try to move it out while you still can.

One novel solution for Hurricane Blues - a glow in the dark tub
c/o Hoboken Girl

Talking Ed Note: Our Hoboken colleague although we've never met, Hoboken Girl has already mapped out plans for when power may go out.  While her list is novel, she's expressing a concern Da Horsey shares.  This storm is going to create havoc through the entire state of New Jersey.

If you're feeling somewhat anxious and out of sorts, you have reason to be.  It feels like the day after Thanksgiving and if you are aren't taken in with mandatory consumerism, it seems odd all around.  We're awaiting the storm to take hold and while many look to the skies, it's the storm surge coming to our shoreline that has people in the know worried.  Very worried.

This time, there's good reason.

Sunday, October 28, 2012



There is a mandatory evacuation in effect for ground floor units in Hoboken. It doesn't mean you have to leave Hoboken, but if you have friends or family at a higher elevation, we're asking residents to be good neighbors and invite other neighbors to stay over. Also, the shelter at the Wallace School (11th and Willow) will be open at 8pm.

This is the Storm Map from Hurricane Irene
Coastal flooding surge is projected 
7-9 feet

NJ warning: "basically the worst-case scenario coming true”

As of 3:00 PM Sunday, one meteorologist put the terms of the hurricane heading to land in NJ this way:

“It’s basically the worst-case scenario coming true,” said Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office.

Mayor Zimmer will be issuing additional information on the approaching storm.  Stay tuned and share information and aid with your neighbors.

The calm before the storm is the last opportunity to make preparations.  

Talking Ed Note: Typically, hurricanes travel up inland on the East Coast but we are going to witness something not seen in our lifetime: a Category 1 hurricane landing in New Jersey itself.

The force of a hurricane is typically weakened by moving over land but this storm is combining with cold air pressure increasing its strength and with it the opportunity for coastal flooding far worse than we've seen.

You need to prepare for the worst.

Da Horsey strongly suggests you tell your friends and neighbors to talk all precautions with several days of food and water at a minimum and fill pots, pans and tubs with water for sanitation needs.  A toilet can be flushed with the water even with power being out.

Take the steps today because you won't have an option if electricity goes down for any extended period later.  It's absolutely likely to occur in NJ with the size of the storm coming ashore here.


If you are in downtown Hoboken, you will see water surges coming in heavy.

Hobroken in peril but not to worry, the Nazi truck will Move Forward to safe ground

Many of you are worried about me with the coming hurricane but I can assure you where I'm currently situated which may be in Italy or in a conference room with lawyers discussing existing or future lawsuits against citizen websites and residents telling the truth about me, I am both warm and dry.

My devout husband Wickedly and I have taken steps to ensure our safety since that terrible act of God some years back where the guy upstairs we're not on good terms with sent a lightning bolt striking our home.  So you need not worry about us and I trust this will give you comfort as we've contracted with the other guy downstairs below Wickedly's wine cellar.  Go Team Beelzebub and let's Move Forward!

Our preparations to destroy Hobroken has been stymied by this horrid mayor who insisted on blocking a planned bankruptcy and saving 1,000 jobs with that dumb hospital we don't even need, but this hurricane will not finish the job I was elected by those of you in service to evil to do.  This I promise you from the bottom of my shrunken black heart.  Yes, there's a small bit of dead flesh left there but like those council members in my way, I'm diligently working to excise all of them once and for all. You could be next and Wickely is reviewing my lawsuit allowance as we speak.

I'm proud to announce after another set of successful negotiations for page three ads with the Hudson Distorter, I will be continuing to provide the Muve Farward campaign additional thousands in support with my political operatives, in-kind hammer and nails, and of course all the top-flite professional services that go into making the best short videos depicting me and the souls I own on behalf of the netherworld as victims.  I'd like to give a special shout out to Sperry Klauzen who continues to show his love for me above all.  Congratulations to both you and Oskey for licking my crap trodden boot clean.

These are all very successful developments for the city and I know many of you can't wait until the Nazi truck returns for a fifth showing next week.  The feedback from all of you has been tremendous. My cameraman Jim has provided great footage for our next video where we will be taking on the mayor and Gov. Christie who continues to hold that job without my expressed authorization.

Some will say Gov. Christie was elected by the citizens but I did not approve of that law installing him nor sanctify with evil those laws keeping me from wielding absolute power over all of you here and beyond.  I will continue my brave fight in the face of these laws posed against me and my absolute power.

Stay tuned as my political operatives will be providing important anonymous babbling to Sal Gullible at the Hudson Distorter how a media savvy person like me will not be making any statements on the FBI investigation of emails I don't know how arrived on my home computer.  Unless there's proof I personally emailed the stolen data from the mayor's office to myself, I'm going to say I'm innocent.

If that guy Saul in Newark has any brains, he'll stay away from me.  If he doesn't I'll sue him too.

This is an emergency communication of the Bet Mazin Nazi swastika truck team.  Had this been our actual Nazi truck flying in the air during a hurricane, you would be given notice of where it's flying and how to avoid being hit with either the vehicle or one of my lawsuits.  Disclaimer: N/A to any of you Zimmerists or worshippers of the guy due north above our heads.  I'll sue you all?

P.S. We are suspending BoE campaign operations as we move the Nazi swastika truck to higher ground.  A new video production team is however continuing with our newest episode.  Once the Nazi truck's safety is confirmed the production team will load my approved video and Jose Blanco will confirm the rental with movie showings all around town.

The Hudson Distorter will keep you informed along with that dead carcass at Hobroken411.
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